The Center for the Arts at the Wilmette Park District offers a well-rounded curriculum including dance, music, theater and visual arts. Through classes, workshops, intensives and special events, the Center for the Arts provides ample opportunity for individuals to express ideas and emotions that cannot be communicated with language alone.

Come explore your creative side at the Center for the Arts, located at 3000 Glenview Road, in the Community Recreation Center.

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Contact Info

Center for the Arts Supervisor
Julie Nichols, CPRP
Email: Julie Nichols
p: 847-920-3927


Center for the Arts Open House

September 8, 12-2 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center - Join the Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Music department staff for a full Open House! Kids will receive a passport to visit each department where they will play trivia with staff, make projects, try a dance class, work on some improv, tour the backstage of the theater, and visit the musical petting zoo. This event is free, but registration is required to obtain a passport. See what the Cultural and Performing Arts departments are up to this year! #113000-01


Upcoming Auditions

Wilmette Dance Team Auditions: August 7, 3:30-5:45 p.m., for ages 6-17 - The recently revamped Wilmette Dance Team is looking for enthusiastic dancers to join the fun! Plans for the new season include community outreach, local performances, participation in our annual Nutcracker production, competitions and events throughout the year. Dancers age 6 and older with a minimum of one year dance experience are invited to audition. Register here to secure an audition. For more information, contact Valerie Lober.

Canzonetta Youth String Orchestra Auditions: August 25, 2:30 p.m., for ages 8+ - Canzonetta is a community chamber orchestra open to all string players ages 8 and higher with a goal to develop musicians into artists through impeccable technique, elite artistry and the love of music. Smaller chamber music ensembles compliment each full orchestra. The orchestra is conducted by critically acclaimed conductor Hilel Kagan, assisted by Helia Schramm, and performs three times throughout the year. New students must audition prior to registering. For more information about the Canzonetta Youth Symphony Orchestra and to arrange an audition, contact Helia Schramm at 847/328-0570.

Nutcracker Auditions: September 15, 1-3 p.m. for ages 7+ - Actors ages 7+ and Dancers ages 9+ are welcome to audition for featured roles in our annual production of the Nutcracker. Interested participants must have one prior year of experience in acting or dance, and must be enrolled in a Fall 2 theater or dance program to be eligible for a featured role. Upon casting, information will be given regarding rehearsals, fees and performances. Register here to secure an audition ACTORS and DANCERS. For acting questions, contact Wendy Avon at wavon@wilpark.org, and for dance questions, contact Valerie Lober at vlober@wilpark.org.

Wilmette Improv Troupe Auditions: Monday, October 15, 4:00-6:30pm - We are searching for the silly, the zany and the fearless to join the Wilmette Improv Troupes! This year long program will teach students the art of improv, including timing, confidence, and content, all the while having fun as a team. Students are asked to perform a one-minute contemporary and/or original monologue to audition on October 15. Please email Wendy Avon to schedule an audition time.

Wilmette Children's Theater 2018-2019 season - Be a part of the Wilmette Children's Theater Family! Actors entering grades 1-8 are welcome to audition for roles in our four annual productions. For more information, see the Theater page.